Thanks to Sam Dobson (@SamDobson1) from The Saints Hub for taking part.

We last met on the opening day of the season when Southampton were 3-1 winners. Has much changed for you since then?

Not too much. We’ve recovered from our recent blip and now look as strong as we did at the start of the season. We still play the same exciting brand of football that you saw on the opening day, but we’ve since added more strength in depth to the squad. The likes of Jos Hooiveld, Danny Fox, Billy Sharp and Tadanari Lee give us different options that we didn’t have back then. Expectations are definitely greater now however. Most fans would have been happy with a top half finish at the beginning of season, but after such a superb start, many aren’t satisfied now unless we’re beating teams out of sight every week.

You’re currently sat at the top of the Championship table, are you confident Southampton will hold on and achieve back to back promotion to the Premier League?

Fairly confident yes. We’ve probably got the best run in out of all the promotion chasing sides. Apart from Reading, all our remaining home games are against teams towards the bottom. Our away form remains a slight concern however, although we should just about have enough to see out the season in the top two. We’ve always scored goals, but over the past few weeks we’ve also really tightened up defensively. Nigel Adkins’s team really peaked towards the end of last season, so I’m hoping the same will happen again this term. Only a huge spate of injuries can cost us now.

Do you think Leeds may have an outside chance of making the play-offs under Neil Warnock?

There’s always a chance with Leeds, although I wouldn’t bet on it. From what I’ve seen most of the teams above you at the moment are slightly better equipped. I think they’ll stand a much better chance next season once Warnock has a proper pre-season under his belt. There seems to have been too much turmoil at the club this season.

Who should we be looking out for in your side on Saturday?

Well the obvious names like Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana (If fit) immediately come to mind. Lambert scores goals for fun, but his game is so much more than that. He brings others into play with great movement and link up play. Lallana is a bag of tricks, and can unlock any defence with his quick feet. You should also look out for our new Japanese signing Tadanari Lee, who has already made quite an impact. He possesses great technique and work rate, and already has a good on-pitch relationship with his strike partner Lambert. Cork and Schneiderlin probably won’t look particularly fancy in midfield, but do a vital job of keeping things ticking over. Schneiderlin in particular likes to set the tempo of the game in his role just in front of the back four.

If you could sign one current Leeds player for Southampton, who would it be?

I won’t pretend to be an expert on Leeds players, so I’m honestly not sure. Snodgrass has caught the eye a few times, and Becchio has looked impressive in the past against us, but we’re pretty well stocked for forward players so I probably wouldn’t sign either of them. Centre back is the only area we need strengthening, so maybe someone like O’Dea?

Finally, what’s your prediction for the game?

It’s a difficult one to call. We’ve been slightly disappointing on the road this season, but Leeds are also hit and miss at home. The smart money would be on the draw. I’ll say 1-1.

  • TSS

    Generally speaking, I’d expect a hammering today but you never know with a new manager. No real pressure on us either as no one is really expecting much from the rest of the season. 

  • NicholasSm1th

    I am surprised the Saint aren’t more confident about getting a win. 

  • morleywhite

    Darren odea??? what the hell lol.

  • derbyshirewhite

    Billy Sharp on the bench says it all really. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

  • Judy

    As a Leeds fan I can only read those comments from the Southampton fan and feel extremely envious!  We used to have quite a strong team when we were riding high in League One but have had to watch its dessimation over the last couple of years.  We can dream that some day we might just have a chairman who wants the very best for Leeds United, until that day we will just have to look at clubs like Southampton and Norwich and sigh “if only”.